12 Places Where You Can Eat Like a Royal
The royal family isn’t often caught eating out, and some restaurants even refuse to disclose whether they have ever dined at their tables—even when an amateur paparazzi has captured them walking out the front door. But we've got the scoop on 12 places in London where the family likes to eat, from Prince Harry’s favorite London-based burger joint to the spot where Queen hosts her annual holiday staff lunches. So, whether you're gearing up for the royal wedding this May or just want to follow as closely in their footsteps as possible, here are 12 spots where the royals have wined and dined—and where you, too, can eat like a royal.
1. Byron Burger
According to royal etiquette expert William Hanson, Prince Harry regularly haunts Byron Burger, which boasts a bevy of “proper” specialty burgers such as the Bourbon King, a bourbon BBQ-glazed beef patty topped with Monterey Jack, bacon fat, crispy onions, and mustard mayonnaise. (We can see why Prince Harry loves this place.)
Byron Burger, dozens of locations throughout the U.K.
2. The Goring
Hanson says that Queen Elizabeth II holds a lunch at The Goring’s restaurant—a Michelin-starred spot bedecked in Swarovski crystal chandeliers and buttercream drapery—for her staff each year to celebrate the Christmas holiday and another year of their loyal service. (Kate Middleton stayed at here the night before her 2011 wedding to Prince William, too.)
The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, Westminster, London; 44 20 7396 9000
3. Bunga Bunga
This pizzeria and Italian food-spot is owned by a mutual friend of Prince Harry, Princess Eugenie of York, and Pippa Matthews—sister to Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton—which means these royals are regular patrons here. (This restaurant also offers karaoke. If these royals were to take a turn behind the microphone, what do you think they’d sing?)
Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London; 44 20 7095 0360
4. The Ivy
Queen Elizabeth II dined at The Ivy—a 1917 restaurant that enjoyed a recent renovation that preserved its stained-glass windows and oak paneling—for that first time last year, Hanson says. Cameras caught the queen leaving the restaurant “dressed to impress,” having left a celebratory dinner for the 80th birthday of the Archduchess Helena of Habsburg.
The Ivy, 1-5 West St., London; 44 20 7836 4751
“Prince Harry celebrated the birth of his nephew, Prince George, here,” Hanson reports, and it still remains one of his favorite restaurants. This spot, which features a seasonal menu, is also owned by one of the prince’s friends, so it's no wonder he keeps it in his regular rotation.
The Brown Cow Public House, 676 Fulham Road, Fulham, London; 44 20 7384 9559
Before Prince William and Kate Middleton became parents, they ate out more frequently, and most often were spotted at Mahiki, a nightclub with tiki-inspired with tropical drinks. (It was also where Middleton was spotted during her brief split with the prince in 2007.)
Mahiki, 1 Dover St., Mayfair, London; 44 20 7493 9529
But that doesn’t mean that post-kids, Prince William and Kate Middleton have completely stopped eating out. Bumpkin is a favorite spot for the couple, who have reportedly hosted holiday lunches there for staffers. The menu features items such as fish and chips, confit duck leg, and chicken liver—think: traditional English dishes with a modern twist.
Bumpkin, 102 Old Brompton Roadd, South Kensington, London; 44 20 7341 0802
With a menu that mixes American classics with international favorites, Chiltern Fire House has become a popular spot with young foodies, including soon-to-be-royal Meghan Markle, Hanson notes.
Chiltern Fire House, 1 Chiltern St., Marylebone, London; 44 20 7073 7676
In 2015, the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall visited FINO, the destination dining centerpiece of Seppeltsfield Wines, to sample wines from two new commemorative birth year barrels for Prince George and Princess Charlotte of Cambridge. While you may not be able to sip from the same wine stock, FINO offers several other alcoholic beverage options and a menu that includes everything from whole prawns to pork belly from local producers.
FINO, 730 Seppeltsfield Road, Seppeltsfield, Australia; 08 8562 8528
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle had their first date at this spot inside the Soho House in London. The restaurant is made up of two Georgian-style residences that were constructed between 1732 and 1735, making the surroundings as sumptuous as the various menus.
Dean Street Townhouse, 69 - 71 Dean St., Soho, London; 44 20 7434 1775
11. Bocca di Lupo
When she wants to visit the Amalfi Coast but can't escape her new home of London, Markle likes to visits this Italian spot that serves up house-made pasta alongside bread, sausage, salami, and gelato. (Markle's love for this Italian destination is so evident on her Instagram account that some have speculated it's where she and Harry will honeymoon.)
Bocca di Lupo, 12 Archer St, Soho, London; 44 20 7734 2223
12. The Cross Keys
Prince Harry celebrated his 31st birthday at The Cross Keys, one of the oldest pubs in Chelsea—and also owned by one of his friends, who renovated it. Harry was photographed enjoying a cigarette outside. (He was also photographed there with his ex-girlfriend, Cressida Bonas. At the time, press speculated the pair would get back together. Then he met Markle.)
The Cross Keys, 1 Lawrence St, London, 44 207 351 0686